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Macroom is a market town and civil parish in the barony of Muskerry West, County Cork, Ireland. It is situated in a valley of the River Sullane, about halfway between Cork city and Killarney town.The name in Irish Gaelic may mean "meeting place of followers of the god Crom" or "crooked oak", the latter a reference to a large oak tree said to have grown at one time in the town-square, marked out during the reign of King John.In folklore the town began as a meeting place for the Druids of Munster. It is first mentioned in 6th century records, and was the site of a major battle involving Brian Boru around 1014. In the following centuries it suffered a series of invasions by warring families, including the Murcheatach Uí Briain and Richard de Cogan clans. In the 17th century the MacCarthy family took control and led Macroom towards prosperity through milling, markets and fairs. This fortune was short lived and followed by the Williamite wars of the 1690s when authority over the town castle waxed and waned between the Irish MacCarthys and a number of ambitious English families. Later Macroom became a centre point of conflict in the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.
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